Hamilton students and professors take pride in continuing the legacy of one of the nation's exemplary programs for oral and written communication. Students are challenged to present themselves and their ideas clearly and persuasively. After all what good is developing a great idea if you can't communicate it effectively?
In fact, we think communication is so important that students at Hamilton must complete three writing-intensive courses — one of our few curricular requirements. Writing and presentation skills are practiced and honed throughout the curriculum. Students are as likely to have a paper assigned in Linear Algebra as they are in Literary Theory.
Classes are small, and students are expected to participate. In other words, learning at Hamilton is not a spectator sport! Students have opportunities to explore new ideas, challenge assumptions, pursue research — both independently and alongside faculty mentors — and demonstrate what they learn.
Courses designated as writing-intensive — 120+
Number of conferences offered in 2010-11 by peer tutors in Hamilton's Writing Center — 2,787
Number of students who conducted Hamilton-funded research in Summer 2011 — More than 170
2/3 of seniors said their writing "greatly improved" while at Hamilton
Founding father who came out on top after a debate between students at Hamilton and the University of Virginia — Alexander Hamilton (our apologies Mr. Jefferson)
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